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Hi, I’m Ursula from Home Made by Carmona, and I’m excited to be here today to share one of the most versatile and high-end projects you can execute for your own home —  rug painting! Yes, you read right. Instead of shelling out the big bucks for that really edgy rug you’ve been eyeing, consider making your own at a fraction of the cost. I am honored to have my painted rugs featured in the “I Did It!” section of the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and now you can create your own stunning painted rugs! By the way, it doesn’t just stop at rug design. The same techniques you use to create the rug of your dreams can be used to craft stellar throw pillows, curtain designs, cloth napkins, and more. But more on that later…

Today I’m giving you five tips to help you achieve the professional high-end rug you crave.

Tip #1: Create bold geometric patterns

Geometric patterns are in, and, lucky for us, they are the easiest designs to DIY. Lay tape down randomly for a modern application, or strategically imitate a favorite design.

Tips to make DIY geometric painted rugs

Tip #2: Use a great painters tape

Start with a really good painters tape to keep sharp lines and prevent bleeding. The green FrogTape is my personal favorite and works incredibly well on fabric. Make sure you take your time pressing along the edges of your tape for perfectly clean lines, then remove the tape as soon as the paint has been applied. The faster you remove the tape, the better.

Get the template for this rug here!

Tip #3: Go with sisal or flat weave rugs

From a decorative perspective, we love a flat weave or sisal rug, but from a paint-it-yourself perspective, we really adore it! Sisal has a texture that makes painting simple and generally bleed-free, and a flat weave rug (with the emphasis on flat) or any cotton-based rug that doesn’t have large woven bumps ensures tape can be applied flat and secure.

Tip #4:  Use stencils or other creative templates

Tape may be the go-to for creating designs, but don’t stop there! A simple cookie cutter can be used to create a popular polka dot design, and stencils are perfect for more intricate designs. Be creative, and think outside the box!

Tip#5: Go off script and apply designs to other mediums

Apply your newfound skill to curtains and throw pillows for decor that complements your beautiful new rug design. Learn how to make these trendy designs using tape at Home Made by Carmona.

By painting a rug or other decor item, you’ll add a posh, custom feel to your space, as if you shop only high-end decorator designs. Not to mention, you’ll save a ton of money and obtain some serious bragging rights!

 


Lately, I’ve been seeing a resurgence of using a classic primary palette to create a playful and fun child’s space. (Check this one out, for example!)  This color scheme makes for a great neutral space, and also has a bit of a nolstagic feel with the throwback colors.  Leave your walls white and bright to keep it from feeling overly juvenile, and you’ll have a happy room you’ll love spending time in.  Adding in a small collection of vintage toy cars and trucks would make for a really fun detail, as well.

traditional nursery

Sources, from top left: (1) Car Park Print; (2) Blue String Pendant; (3) Bus Tin Sign; (4) Balloons Print; (5) Cookie Loves Milk Print; (6) Lighting Strike Print; (7) Knit Cherry Pillows; (8) Birch Sparrow Crib; (9) Vintage Toy Truck; (10) Gold Banana Lamp; (11) Vintage Sunny Yellow Dresser; (12) Aqua Tassel Curtains; (13) Yellow Anchor Crib Sheet; (14) Littletown Print; (15) Red Plus Rug; (16) Finn Rocker

Enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay 


Have you notices pineapples popping up everywhere?  They seem to be a favorite this season, and with summer making its warm appearance, they are the perfect accent, and also pair perfectly with rattan.  Pineapples are a symbol for hospitality and are a natural fit in home decor.  Below are some ideas for incorporating this happy fruit into a baby nursery.

baby room ideas

Sources, from top left: (1) Macrame Pendant; (2) Fruit Prints; (3) Vintage Pineapple Sconce; (4) Vintage Hawaiian Print; (5) Pineapple Print; (6) Polaroid Beach Photo; (7) Vintage Pineapple Canister; (8) Twinfin Throw Pillows; (9) White Sparrow Crib; (10) Yellow Ceramic Lamps; (11) Basketweave Dresser; (12) Hanging Rattan Chair; (13) La Pina Print; (14) Fog Cotton Dhurrie; (15) White Pouf; (16) Gold Tray; (17) Tassel Curtain Panel; (18) Lime Dot Crib Sheet; (19) Parrot Pillow


It seems going bright and white is a common trend these days, but I’ve been seeing a few dark rooms here and there that I find very inspiring.  I’m trying to talk my husband into painting our living room black.  I think it would be pretty amazing, but he’s not buying it quite yet, so we’ll see!  Jordan and Lesley‘s recent bedroom redos are both great examples of darker walls that make for cozy rooms that are anything but drab.  Everything pops off the dark background and it certainly makes for a calming, comforting place to sleep (always a plus with tiny ones!).  Use a light colored rug, light artwork, and metallic finishes to keep it interesting.  Here is a little inspiration:

Sources, from top left: (1) Globe Pendant Light; (2) Triangle Shelf; (3) Mountain Ridge Print; (4) Eagle Sconces; (5) Keep the Wild in You; (6) Courage Print; (7) Retro Glacier; (8) Orange Kilim Pillows; (9) Birch Sparrow Crib; (10) Yellow Ceramic Lamps; (11) California Blue Dresser; (12) Bergama Butterfly Chair; (13) Plus Side Table; (14) Kasbah Rug; (15) Paisley Sheet; (16) Linen Fringe Curtain Panels; (17) Charming Storage Basket; (18) Bug Pillow


Natural wood tones of varying shade paired with a neutral palette lend a calm, serene feel, perfect for a nursery.  Baby will love the black and white contrast, and keeping the palette simple will make it easier to pull the room together.  A couple of small pops of muted color, like that tray below and that kilim pillow, bring the space to life.  Don’t be afraid to mix wood finishes and tones for a more interesting mix!  Find the sources below the image:

neutral baby nursery inspiration

 

Sources, from top left: (1) Deer Flirtation; (2) Globe Pendant; (3) Gigi Triangle Mobile; (4) Vintage Coat of Arms; (5) Three Again; (6) Rhino Banner; (7) Vintage Knight and Horse; (8) Hold Fast Pennant; (9) Kaleido Tray; (10) Andersen Crib; (11) Kilim Lumbar Pillow; (12) Triangle Crib Sheet; (13) Task Table Lamp; (14) Vintage Dresser; (15) Novara Floor Lamp; (16) James Harrison Wingback; (17) Torres Rug; (18) Vintage Drum Table; (19) Stool; (20) Tassel Pillow

 

 


I’m loving the explosion of flowers in springtime, and always find it so inspiring, don’t you?  My super talented friend Ashley Woodson Bailey just opened a shop to sell prints of her gorgeously moody flower photography, and it’s a great springboard for a room design.  I’m especially loving this Neon Bash print, which has a hint of that radiant orchid everyone is talking about this year, and is perfect paired with neutral wood finishes and pops of yellow.  Check out the links below the image:

flower baby girl room ideas

 

Sources, from top left: (1) Driftwood Pendant Light; (2) Brass Scroll; (3) Hello Love; (4) Abstract Print; (5) Neon Bash; (6) Vintage Saffron Chart; (7) Yellow Lamps; (8) Caravan Crib; (9) Pillows; (10) Yellow Dresser; (11) Wicker Mirror; (12) Flower Record Player; (13) Capel Dot Rug; (14) Dobby Dot Curtain Panel; (15) Tulip Crib Sheet; (16) Hanging Chair; (17) Mushroom Lamp; (18) Pink Knit Pouf

Hope you enjoy!  Happy spring!  ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay 


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